HPB's COLL. WRITINGS Vol. 14 heavily dependent on Besant's SD III
Jan 05, 2007 11:59 AM
HPB's COLLECTED WRITINGS Vol. 14 is heavily dependent
on Annie Besant's 3rd Volume (1897) of the SD
Unfortunately, there is still confusion and misinformation
circulating about this subject on Theos-Talk.
Below are the FACTS.
In the 1897 edition of Volume III of THE SECRET DOCTRINE,
there are (excluding H.P.B.'s esoteric papers at
the back of this volume), 52 sections (or chapters)
covering 432 pages of text.
40 of these sections or chapters of the SD Vol. III were SIMPLY
transferred by Mr. Boris de Zirkoff into HPB's COLLECTED WRITINGS
(most of them into Vol. XIV).
It should be clearly stated here that the ONLY EXISTING copies of
these 40 sections are the printed version found in SD Vol. III.
Mr. de Zirkoff had NO OTHER versions of these 40 sections to rely on
or work with.
Furthermore, these 40 sections constitute more than 300 pages of the
text of SD III.
For the remaining 12 sections of SD III which have corresponding
text in the EARLIER Wurzburg manuscript, Mr. de Zirkoff and his team
compared the two sets of text, etc. and then decided what to publish
in the COLLECTED WRITINGS.
Mr. de Zirkoff transferred into the COLLECTED WRITINGS volumes (most
of it into Volume XIV) these hundreds of pages of text DIRECTLY FROM
Annie Besant's Vol. III.
In other words, COLLECTED WRITINGS, Vol. 14 is heavily DEPENDENT on
Annie Besant's 3rd Volume.
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"...none but the logician, the investigator, the dauntless
explorer should meddle with books like this. Such delvers
after truth have the courage of their opinions."
"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things at
their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and
hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."
"...in the world mental as in the world spiritual each man
must progress by his own efforts. The writer cannot do the
reader's thinking for him, nor would the latter be any the
better off if such vicarious thought were possible..."
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